Williams (left) loved music and her choir community at St. Timothy Community Church in Gary, Ind., along with fellow members Myrtle Campbell (center) and Carol Blakley. On the day of Williams’ funeral, music echoed through the large, near-empty sanctuary. But the traditional comfort of shoulder-to-shoulder parishioners, and a shared “repast” for hundreds couldn’t happen.

Williams (left) loved music and her choir community at St. Timothy Community Church in Gary, Ind., along with fellow members Myrtle Campbell (center) and Carol Blakley. On the day of Williams’ funeral, music echoed through the large, near-empty sanctuary. But the traditional comfort of shoulder-to-shoulder parishioners, and a shared “repast” for hundreds couldn’t happen.